'New year, same focus': India gear up to conquer final frontier at Wanderers
India are looking to win their first-ever Test series in South Africa
India defeated the Proteas by 113 runs in the first Test in Centurion
BCCI shared a video from the side's practice session as Virat and co gear up for the 2nd Test
Having won their first-ever Test at Centurion, India prepare to take on South Africa as the Men in Blue seek a maiden Test series victory in the country. India defeated the Proteas by 113 runs in the first Test and will now face the hosts at Wanderers, Johannesburg, where Kohli and co. began a golden period of Test triumph in 2018.
In the third and final Test of the 2018 series, India defeated South Africa by 63 runs in a closely contested game at Wanderers. The official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video from the side's practice session as Virat and co. try to win the series.
The BCCI had declared India's squad for the three-match ODI series against South Africa earlier on Friday.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, who has been confirmed as India's full-time captain in limited-overs forms, KL Rahul will assume the captaincy. Rohit would have been captain if he hadn't been forced to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.
In a press conference, India's chief selector Chetan Sharma spoke on developing KL Rahul for the future: "Yes, definitely we are looking at KL Rahul at the present. He is a three format player and he got a good experience of captaincy and he has proved his leadership qualities, this is what all selectors think."
In the series, Jasprit Bumrah will be Rahul's deputy. India's ODI lineup also includes Virat Kohli. Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are injured, thus Mohammed Shami has been rested.
The three-match One-Day International series kicks off on January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl. The second one-day international will be played on January 21 at the same location, and the third one-day international will be held on January 23 at Newlands in Cape Town.